The Social Studies Department at St Mary’s Catholic High School is a vibrant and exciting area of the school operating solely within the sixth form. We are committed to delivering high quality, challenging, interesting and appropriate learning experiences to all our students, inside and outside of the classroom. The Social Studies department teach well over half of all sixth form students and as such are dedicated to providing our students with the tools to be successful at A level and beyond.
The Social Studies Department is committed to achieving the best outcomes for all our students. We work collaboratively and strive to form strong and positive relationships to help everyone to reach their full potential within a supportive environment.
Social Studies Curriculum
Our qualifications offer an engaging and effective introduction to Social Studies subjects which will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied these subjects before. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subjects and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.
Our assessments employ a variety of familiar types of question such as multiple choice,
short answer and extended writing/essays, which target the skills of knowledge and understanding,
application and evaluation.
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) has proved to be popular with students and teachers alike. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, stand out and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points.
The Curriculum Overview for each course can be found in the subject tabs.